Principal Ecologist - Riparian specialist

Region:
West Midlands
Vicinity:
Birmingham
Industry Sector:
Ecology Jobs
Job Category:
Ecologist
Job Type:
Permanent
Education Level:
Unspecified
Salary Description:
Competitive Salary Offered
Posted:
09/04/2019
Start Date:
ASAP
Recruiter:
AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Job Ref:
205627BR

AECOM is seeking an experienced professional ecologist with a specialism in riparian animals to join our dynamic and forward-thinking ecology team based in the heart of Birmingham’s vibrant city centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to further your career within an established and successful business that has welfare and wellbeing as core values.

As a principal or associate ecologist with AECOM, you’ll be reliable, hard-working, organised and pro-active, in order to help you manage a busy workload. You’ll have specialist knowledge developed over the course of your career, and experience of a wide range of projects. You’ll have good project management skills and report-writing skills, and some experience of line-managing individuals. Experience in creating and managing large datasets and using GIS applications to better capture data from field surveys would be an advantage.

Role Responsibilities may include:

  • Working as part of the existing network of AECOM ecologists within the UK and Ireland;

  • Assisting in the winning, delivery and management (technical and financial) of ecological projects;

  • Writing and providing technical review of ecological reports and other deliverables;

  • Liaising with clients, project managers and other project stakeholders including statutory bodies;

  • Managing and mentoring staff as part of our mentoring / line management network;

  • Represent AECOM externally through projects, client management, publications and presentations;

  • Undertaking other tasks which add value to the technical expertise and development of the ecology team, or support wider environmental business goals.

Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent knowledge of UK and EC wildlife legislation and policy, as well as Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);

  • Holder of relevant protected species survey licences, and preferably also mitigation licences;

  • Experience of Phase 1 Habitat and protected species surveys and licensing;

  • Technical and professional proficiency with a demonstrable history of delivering ecology projects to a high standard, on time and within budgets;

  • Experience of ecological impact assessment, design and/or construction management, ideally on major infrastructure projects in the UK;

  • Strong project management skills and experience (including technical, financial and quality aspects);

  • Full Member of CIEEM (or eligible to meet relevant criteria), or other relevant professional body;

  • Proactive and careful approach to Health and Safety, including first aid training certificate;

  • Professional, organised and thorough approach to work which demonstrates an attention to detail;

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in particular, the ability to write concise technical reports;

  • Proven ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients, as well as to manage own time;

  • Experience in line management as well as technical leadership of teams of ecologists on major projects;

  • Electronic data capture, analysis and presentation;

  • Willing to travel to offices and sites within the UK and potentially internationally when required by work demand;

  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work to meet peaks in demands (as all roles are likely to involve occasional longer/and or unsociable hours and a degree of working away from home for days/ weeks at a time);

  • A track record in, or aspirations for, continuing professional development and supporting the development / management of junior ecologists.

Preferred Qualifications

  • You will have a BSc in a relevant subject;

  • A higher degree (MSc / PhD) would be an advantage;

  • You will show evidence of ongoing vocational training;

  • You will be eligible for or have full membership of CIEEM or another relevant professional body – chartership (CEnv or CEcol) would be an advantage;

  • Licensed to drive a vehicle in the UK;

  • Formal project management qualifications.

Closing Date:
21/05/2019

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